By: Melanie | August 19, 2013 | (16) Comments

Blog Tour: Every Breath

Blog Tour: Every BreathEvery Breath by Ellie Marney
Series: Every, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, YA
Pages: 352
Source: For tour, Received in exchange for review
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Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country.  James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder.  And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den-

literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...

Sizzling chemistry and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.

My Review

My feet lose contact with the plank and I scream.

Every Breath fell in the pit between realistic and unrealistic. Yes, this novel has no supernatural elements but the whole way it was written; the way the plot was incorporated seemed like quite a mouthful to swallow. This being said, Every Breath was an exciting whodunit read with a more action-motion side to it. Mind you, I can tell an action murder mystery is something hard to accomplish- Ellie Marney’s debut is a great example of an ambitious novel in this sub-genre category.

When neighbour/friends Rachel Watts and James Mycroft find ‘Homeless Dave’ lying nearby the zoo, dead, hell breaks into their lives. In desperate search for the murderer and no idea what to do, they can only seem to rely on each other as more and more people seemed to be two-faced than they had thought. Even though slightly predictable, Every Breath provides a fun yet mysterious novel by Ellie Marney. In Marney’s story, she writes the two main protagonists mainly with their last names. I found this a difficult task for me to get my brain around the whole ‘Watts’ and ‘Mycroft’ dialogue but when I did, it added a whole new level of mystery and intensity. Teenage detectives done right!

Every Breath’s main weakness was in the characters. While someone who hasn’t read many books may come to adore Rachel and James, they felt slightly artificial and typical, in my belief. We have Rachel, the girl who tags along with her secretly-crushing-on-best-friend-bonus-neighbour who happens to be badass. James Mycroft is his name. He looms and swags through school all mysterious then maddening jocular the next. Nonetheless, there’s a little depth slicing through my slight resentment towards Rachel and James. In the end, they weren’t too bad. They got a little growth throughout the novel however there needed more of it.

It saddens me to a great amount that no opposite genres can be only friends and nothing more. Every Breath clearly was not a book with my not-so-secret-wish. Yet, I still really enjoyed the romance. While it was awfully gradual and I saw it coming a mile away, there was no major angst or cheesiness. It actually felt like a chemistry and was sweet at times.

A few more smaller problems: Showing versus telling. There was little too much telling at times and not enough showing.
Uneven descriptions. This is a debatable point as I felt that there were some irrelevant descriptions and not enough descriptions in action-cramped scenes.

All in all, Every Breath was not perfect but had it’s highlights. The romance and plot is one to look forward to, despite a hint of unbelievability in some weak areas.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for the copy!~

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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16 Responses to Blog Tour: Every Breath

  1. Amelia says:

    Fantastic review once again, Melanie! I live crime-murder-mysteries and this sounds perfect for what I’m craving right now.

    Thank you for the giveaway 😀

  2. Stephanie B says:

    Great review, Mel! Sounds like it might be good but murder mysteries aren’t really my thing. I’m curious, do you like them (as a genre)?
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  3. Celine says:

    Lovely review, Mel!

    I don’t read a lot of murder things though, as I usually read before I go to sleep and chicken out very easily, LOL!
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  4. Thanks for the review! I do like murder mysteries but I also really like characters that I can love (or hate with relish).
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  5. The plot does sound really interesting, as does the romance. However, the characters would seem unrealistic, and I hate when the characters come off that way, but characters are always so hard to make realistic too in certain cases. Additionally, telling and not showing has always been something I’ve found to ruin my enjoyment of a book.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  6. This is completely new to me, but I quite like the sound of it! Teenage spies and a sweet romance? Sounds like it could work for me! I do appreciate your point about members of the opposite sex being just friends and nothing more though. It seems to be a rare occurrence, but when it’s done right, it can be brilliant. Lovely review, Melanie. 🙂
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  7. Actually, despite a few issues, this sounds like a pretty relaxing read. I find predictability oddly comforting sometimes. and since the romance is so smooth and convincing, with a palpable chemistry, this might just be something I’d enjoy.
    Thanks for the lovely review.
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  8. This sounds like a really awesome young adult mystery. I would love to read it.
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  9. Candace says:

    No angst or cheesiness in the romance is actually quite a bit bonus. I can suspend belief for books like this sometimes, and it sounds pretty interesting! If it’s every published in the US I may consider it. 🙂
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  10. Johanna Richards says:

    Not sure if this is my type of book so thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Rachel says:

    This sounds like a pretty decent read in spite of some of your issues, Melanie. Romance mixed with mystery is always a fun read to me. Great review! 🙂
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  12. Mycroft. Does she call him by his last name or something?

    This sounds like an interesting idea, though it’s a shame you ended up having more middling feelings about it. Still, I do enjoy mysteries so it might be a good one for a quick rainy day read sometime.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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  14. VeganYANerds says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this more, I really loved the characters and found them to be v.realistic and so cute together!
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  15. Annie says:

    Cath Crowley did the front cover blurb?! Awesome! 🙂
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  16. Katharine says:

    It sounds really interesting! It’s a pity you feel it doesn’t accomplish what it set out to achieve. As a fellow reviewer who reads a bit too much, I’m sure I’d share your thoughts on this. However it sounds like it’d be perfect for my friend who I’m trying to encourage to read more, so I’ll enter on her behalf with crossed fingers 😀
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